Sporting fixtures thrown into chaos again

first_imgAFL Queensland’s tough new coronavirus protocols have given the AFL an almighty migraine, but rugby union, NRL, soccer, netball, and cricket are among the other sports in Australia also set to suffer a fixture headache. The AFL’s fixture was thrown into chaos yesterday after Queensland health officials issued new directives that force sporting teams based in the state into a 14-day quarantine should they play a Melbourne-based club. Queensland-based clubs would also be forced into quarantine if they either played in Melbourne, or came up against any team that had been in Melbourne in the preceding 14 days. That stance has huge ramifications for the AFL given that there are 10 teams based in Victoria. Six AFL clubs have already been impacted by a round-five fixture reshuffle, and league boss Gillon McLachlan has warned of more changes to come. The AFL’s worst nightmare would be for Western Australia to further strengthen its coronavirus protocols. The WA Government has granted permission for Victorian clubs Geelong and Collingwood to arrive in Perth next month for a three-week hub. The Magpies and Cats will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days, but the WA Government will allow them to train during that period as well as play each other. If the WA Government hardens its stance in the wake of the coronavirus spike in Victoria, the AFL will be forced into another fixture scramble. The NRL is in a far better position given it has only one club based in Victoria – the Melbourne Storm. The Storm are now resigned to the fact that they will have to stay in their new Sunshine Coast hub until at least August, and probably longer. The new directive from the Queensland government won’t affect the Storm immediately, meaning their clash with the Roosters on Thursday night is set to go ahead, despite it coming just eight days after the Storm left Victoria. That match was originally scheduled for AAMI Park in Melbourne, but will now likely be played at the Storm’s adopted home ground of Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Melbourne Rebels have announced that they will move their round-two Super Rugby home clash with the Queensland Reds on July 10 to NSW. The Rebels relocated to Canberra last Friday following a spike in coronavirus cases in Melbourne, and they will face the Brumbies this Saturday. By the time they face the Reds on July 10, they will have been outside of Victoria for 14 days. That means the Reds won’t need to quarantine for 14 days when they return to Queensland. A-League boss Greg O’Rourke has confirmed that the worsening coronavirus situation in Victoria won’t stop the soccer season relaunching on July 16 with a clash between Melbourne Victory and Western United at AAMI Park. Melbourne City will take on Western United at the same venue four days later, but all other matches scheduled for Victoria are set to take place in the NSW hub. Australia’s netball competition is still planning to begin on August 1, and their current fixture planning has now been made harder. – AAPlast_img read more

SCSU Hockey Ties Princeton 5-5

first_imgThe St. Cloud State men’s hockey team settled for a 5-5 tie in Saturday’s game with Princeton at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.  SCSU lost 5-3 to Princeton Friday night.The Huskies got goals from Sam Hentges, Chase Brand, Easton Brodzinski, Nick Perbix and Jake Wahlin.  SCSU’s record is 1-2-3 and will play at Northern Michigan Friday November 8 at 6pm, pregame on River 96.7 at 5:30.last_img

Belle Plaine man arrested for robbery/kidnapping

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Robert Jason Murray, 44, of Belle Plaine has been arrested for robbery/kidnapping  during an incident that allegedly took place Friday, Aug. 3 at 1:20 a.m. near the Belle Plaine Y intersection, north of Wellington.According to the sheriff’s report, the victim in the case told the deputies her ex-boyfriend used his vehicle to stop and block her from leaving her residence. He then pointed a handgun at her demanding money.The victim said she was unable to drive away then reported hearing gun shots. Deputies located evidence at the scene supporting the victim’s statement.Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect at his residence; but they could not get him to answer the door.According to the report, deputies were able to communicate with the suspect by phone, and he eventually surrendered peacefully to the Southern Kansas SWAT Team and taken into custody. The victim reported she was not injured and no damage was found to her vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing.last_img read more

Insider Roundup: Winners and Losers Edition

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has announced that physicist Patrick Gallagher will be nominated to run the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he’s currently deputy chief.Representative Joe Barton (R–TX), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate stimulus spending at the National Institutes of Health.On Monday, the Lasker Foundation will announce the winners of its 2009 awards in basic and clinical research and public service. Dozens of medalists have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.A climate spending panel will examine the effects of cell phones on human health on Monday as well.How seaworthy are your gondolas? Scientists are meeting in 2 weeks in Venice, Italy, to firm up the global ocean observing system.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Following Ferguson US police use of military gear to be reviewed

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supplied nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to municipal police departments last year, amid criticism of the heavily armed response by local law enforcement agencies to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.The review probably will include the Defense Department’s Excess Property program, which is designed to give away tents, generators, pickup trucks and all-terrain vehicles, as well as military aircraft, grenade launchers and heavily armed tactical vehicles. That program has distributed $4.3 billion worth of equipment since 1997, according to its website.“Among other things, the president has asked for a review of whether these programs are appropriate,” said a senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the internal assessment. The review also will assess “whether state and local law enforcement are provided with the necessary training and guidance; and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding.”The official said the review will be led by White House staff, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Council and the Office of Management and Budget, along with the Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury departments. The administration’s plans were first reported by The New York Times on Saturday.Obama’s order comes amid criticism from members of Congress, civil rights groups and news media pundits over the heavy militarization of police departments in Ferguson and across the country. During the nearly two weeks of nightly protests in the St. Louis suburb after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a Ferguson officer Aug. 9, police dressed in riot gear employed armored vehicles, noise-based crowd-control devices, shotguns, M4 rifles like those used by forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, rubber-coated metal pellets and tear gas.Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said last week that she will hold a congressional hearing in September to examine whether local police have become too militarized. “This kind of response by the police has become the problem instead of the solution,” she said.“This equipment flowed to local police forces because they were increasingly being asked to assist in counterterrorism,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement Saturday. “But displays of force in response to mostly peaceful demonstrations can be counterproductive. It makes sense to take a look at whether military-style equipment is being acquired for the right purposes and whether there is proper training on when and how to deploy it.”Transfers through the Pentagon’s program have increased dramatically in recent years.In 2006, it made 34,708 transfers worth $33 million to law enforcement agencies. Last year, the number grew to 51,779 transfers valued at $420 million, according to data provided by the Defense Logistics Agency, which manages the program. Through April of this year, the agency had made 15,516 transfers of equipment worth $206 million.“Of all the equipment provided to law enforcement agencies through the LESO [1033] program, only 5 percent are weapons,” DLA spokeswoman Michelle McCaskill said. Since the program started nearly two decades ago, it has transferred equipment valued at $5.1 billion. Police officers charge into a group of demonstrators to make an arrest on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFPThe Ferguson police have received a small amount through the program in recent years, including non-tactical items such as field packs, first-aid kits, wool blankets and medical supplies.The Defense Department would not provide a breakdown of tactical items given to the Ferguson police exclusively, but it said that law enforcement agencies in St. Louis County — which includes Ferguson — have in recent years received a dozen 5.56mm rifles, half a dozen .45-caliber pistols, night-vision goggles and a bomb-disposing robot.Other federal programs also have facilitated the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, said Kara Dansky, senior counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Justice and the lead author of a June report about the issue. Police departments also have access to billions of dollars in funding from the Justice and Homeland Security departments.“The militarization of policing is actually not a new problem,” Dansky said.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence Obama admits US underestimated IS threat Elena Poniatowska: Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration camps Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves, says Pentagon chieflast_img read more